4 women work at the Danish Centre for Genocide Studies. Then two of them start receiving death threats - they suspect they are being stalked by Mirko Zigic, a Bosnian torturer and war criminal. But perhaps he is not the person behind the threats - it could be someone in their very midst. Much of the drama created revolves not only around the scary sense of a killer prowling in the shadows but also around the manipulative games being played between the women in the office - theirs is a miniature society complete with hierarchies, laws and traditions, territories and rights where bullying grows out of old alliances and new dislikes.The irony is that these betrayals and persecutions are taking place against the background of professionals analysing cases of appalling cruelty on a worldwide scale. Now and again, the narrative is broken with extraxts from 'articles' dealing with crimes against humanity and the pyschology of evil. Whilst the women apply this to their work with genocide (and the killer), there are parallels to their own behaviour. It's a fabulous pacy read - a real page-turner with depth that resonates with greater questions.
One reader said 'This is one of the most intelligently, beautifully constructed novels I have ever read'.
Christian Jungersen's first novel, Krat, won the Danish Best First Novel of the Year Award. The Exception is his second novel and has been a huge bestseller in Denmark with rights now across Europe. He lives in Dublin.